"Great day for Test cricket"

Mumbai, India -- West Indies captain Darren Sammy has suggested that the drama which unfolded on the final day of the third Test against India had been a “great advert” for the longest form of the game.

The match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai came down to the final ball with India, who were eight down in their second innings, needing two runs to seal a series sweep.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin was only able to get a single off a full delivery from pacer Fidel Edwards   meaning the scores finished level and the Test was drawn. Ashwin tried for the winning run but was run out from a throw by substitute Denesh Ramdin at long on.

The dramatic finish came about after the West Indies collapsed to 134 all out in the morning session, losing their last eight wickets in 23.2 overs. That gave India 243 to win and the Windies bowled and fielded brilliantly to take the match down to the wire.

The West Indies dominated the first four days, making 590 and bowling India out for 481.

"First of all, congratulations to India for winning the series. This match was a great advert for Test cricket - we have seen Australia versus South Africa  and now this match, it was a great end to a Test series,” Sammy   said.

“We didn't bat well today but at the end we gave ourselves a chance of winning. Well done to the lads, we came to India and fought hard. It was a great game and one that will be remembered for a very long time.”

Sat, 11/26/2011 - 08:33